We’ve become great fans of lightweight collapsible hanging shelf systems, designed to fit in a carry-on bag. Just organize your clothing among the multiple tiers of connected cloth units, stash in your bag, then pull the whole thing out at your destination and hang from a closet rod. Presto, you’ve unpacked without having to actually unpack.
The folks at Rise Gear have taken the concept a step further, with a collapsible shelf system that is built into their luggage, so you don’t have to make sure your bag’s dimensions will accommodate the shelf system — which has fairly rigid shelf surfaces.
When you get to your destination, just unzip the bag, pull up the shelf system by the two side hooks and hang the whole thing — including the bag — in the closet.
The Weekender Duffle Bar is a soft bag that squeezes compliantly into even the most restrictive airline carry-on limits.
Particularly well designed is the company’s Weekender Duffle Bag, a carry-on shoulder bag that incorporates two deep external side pockets and a long front pocket to organize additional essentials, such as toiletry supplies, socks, small electronic items and travel documents. The pull-up shelf system has four tiers of varying depths. The “cover” of the top shelf has an integrated zippered shoe pocket. The large bottom compartment, from which the bag hangs, makes a useful laundry hamper at the end of the trip.
Stuffed full, the polyester Weekender measures 22 inches long by 12 inches wide by 15 inches deep, but this is a soft bag that squeezes compliantly into even the most restrictive airline carry-on limits. Rise Gear also makes a wheel-aboard Roller, and a smaller shoulder bag called the Jumper.
Rise Gear Weekender Duffle Bag is $139; Roller, $199; and Jumper, $99; at www.risegear.com.